Joseph Parker reveals his tactics to beat Hughie Fury in WBO title fight

Joseph Parker rips into some pad work with his trainer Kevin Barry.
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Joseph Parker rips into some pad work with his trainer Kevin Barry.

Joseph Parker is working on a pressure game and mixing his attack to defend his WBO world heavyweight title against Hughie Fury.

The two square off in Auckland on May 6.

Parker knows Fury will be well-coached and well-prepared given the world championship pedigree of the British team.

Hughie Fury says he's in the best condition of his career for his fight with Joseph Parker.
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Hughie Fury says he's in the best condition of his career for his fight with Joseph Parker.

But after having a year off as he battled a rare skin condition, the 22-year-old Fury presents a difficult reconnaissance job for the Parker camp in terms of up to the date information.

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But Parker has been suitably impressed with what he has managed to unearth.

"From what I've seen of him he's a tall and rangy guy and I've been able to see his style and what he does well. He's got height and reach on me so I've got to apply pressure and mix up my attacks," Parker told livefight.com.

"We don't know what his tactics will be, but we've got our game-plan so we'll see if he does what he usually does or brings something different on the night.

"It will be important to mix up my attacks; it's got to be body-head, body-head constantly changing my attack."

Parker feels he has had a better training camp than he did for his successful title shot against Andy Ruiz. That has given him confidence to handle anything Fury will throw at him.

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"We've made a few changes and we've already felt the benefits to myself and it's helped in the completion to my camp. I've full faith in all my coaches and I trust them totally and what we've been working on and look forward to showing it against Hughie Fury," Parker told livefight.com.

Parker said the Fury camp were well versed in these occasions and that would add to their confidence, despite having to fight in New Zealand.

"He's in much the same position Tyson Fury was before did the unthinkable and beat Wladimir Klitschko so his team has done this before and will be very confident of doing so again."

Parker even talked up the possibility of taking on Tyson Fury if he can continue to hold the belt the giant Brit once owned.

"I'm fighting Hughie and if I beat him I think Tyson would want to come back and try and get revenge. He'd want to also try and regain his old title and I'd welcome that fight. I've got huge respect for Tyson Fury as he beat the long-reigning, dominant heavyweight champion and started bringing some excitement back to the division."

Parker said it was a privilege to be on the scene right now considering the opportunities that beckon.

"It's great to be a part of the division now, it's so much more intriguing than two or three years ago," Parker said.

"I'm a champion now but there's still a lot of hard work to do and I've much to learn. I look forward to the next few years and featuring in the big fights the division is promising."

 - Stuff

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